We’re nearing the start of fall TV! Despite the conflicts of 2020’s television and filming schedules, the upcoming season offers plenty of shows to devour. Starting with Netflix’s psychological drama Ratched (No. 1) on the 18th, the series — based on the Ken Kesey novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest — tells the origin story of asylum nurse Mildred Ratched as she turns from a dedicated worker to a bitter monster towards her patients.
Next, find out what happens when androids are tasked with raising human children in the HBO Max drama, Raised by Wolves (No. 2). After Earth is destroyed by a great war and a burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, two androids discover that controlling human beliefs is a treacherous and difficult job. The sci-fi series arrives on September 3rd.
The 14th brings forth two new mini-series with The Third Day (No. 3) and We Are Who We Are (No. 4). Jude Law stars in The Third Day, which chronicles the individual journeys of a man and woman who arrive on a mysterious island at different times. The series will air in tandem on Sky Atlantic and HBO. Meanwhile, HBO coming-of-age series We Are Who We Are focuses on two American kids exploring relationships and identity while living on a U.S military base near Venice, Italy. (We Are Who We Are will air on Sky Atlantic Italy in October.)
Coming in at No. 5 is Amazon Prime series, Utopia. An adaptation of the 2013 British series of the same name, the show follows a group of young comic fans who discover that a conspiracy in a graphic novel is real, and must embark on an adventure to save humanity from the end of the world. Utopia’s eight episodes drop on September 25th.
Amazon continues to deliver the goods with Season 2 of The Boys (No. 1). On September 4th, the episodes will introduce several new characters as Butcher, Hughie and the team reel from their losses in Season 1. On the run from the law, they struggle to fight back against the Superheroes while Vought, the company that manages the heroes, cashes in on the panic over the threat of Supervillains.
Our No. 2 returning series is FX anthology crime-drama, Fargo. Chris Rock joins the fourth installment as the head of an African American crime family, who happens to have a contentious relationship with the Kansas City Mafia. Season 4 of Fargo premieres on the 27th.
Netflix takes the next two positions with European originals Baby (No. 3) and Family Business (No. 4). Little has been revealed about the third and final season of Italian drama Baby, however, “no secrets last forever." Chances are that Chiara and Ludovica’s double lives won’t last much longer ...Meanwhile, French comedy Family Business goes back to work with the story of Joseph, his family, and France’s first marijuana coffee shop.
Lastly, The Simpsons (No. 5) returns for a 32nd season! The long-running FOX favorite returns on the 27th, and will include a new “Treehouse of Horrors” special and several guest stars such as Olivia Colman, Hannibal Buress, and Ben Platt. The upcoming season will also celebrate the show’s 700th episode.
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